Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Ideas, Creativity and 80 Days

Today's prompt from the book club is about creativity, and how it is kick started.

Gabriela (the author of DIY MFA) showed us her ORACLE. It is a box of things that she has accumulated, and that she uses to inspire her. In her box are things like dice, fortune cookie slips, and prompt cards.

So I thought what it is that I do when I need a new idea. And realised this didn't happen very often.

Not because I have so many and I am good and write them down in my notebooks. I wish that was the reason! No, I rarely need to spark an idea because I never. Finish. Anything.

Except this sentence. And this one. I can finish sentences. But stories? Finish them to a point that I need a new idea to work on?

I do have books of prompts, and I like the Idea Square in Writers' Forum magazine (a UK based magazine). And occasionally I have felt like entering a competition, and have used these for that purpose. But I rarely do need to.

So, I will finish something. Anything. And start something new. Brand new. From the beginning. And then I will see how I inspire myself.

But when it comes to getting out of a rut in my writing, I find a good walk helps solve the problems I am faced with.

On another note, I have joined A Round of Words in 80 Days. I have only just joined, so don't know the whole ins and outs. But I gather it is like an accountability blog hop. And considering I never finish anything, it's got to be good, right?

So by March 21st, when the first round ends (there are 4 per year) I want to have achieved the following:

2 drafts of Don't Forgive Twice completed. - I will edit ten pages a day (including the rewrite) and do 1 chapter of Structure Your Novel workbook per day.

I will also finish the Writer's Village University course on writing Mystery Short Stories (approx. 1 assignment a week)

And finally, I will continue to work my way through DIY MFA at one chapter per week.

How is your week going?


  1. It is important to finish stuff. You need ideas for endings, just as much as you do for the beginnings, so it might help you to think of the closing scene almost as a fresh new project.

  2. I never thought of it like that. And I think using things like prompts could make it interesting. Thank you!

    I hope the blog was kinder on your eyes today.

  3. Some people like to plot out all the ins and outs of a story from start to finish (that way, when they are writing, they know they're going to get to the end. Some people (such as myself), start with a vague idea and a few plot points that must be touched (usually beginning, climax and end with one or two subplots to add spice).

    I don't know if this will work for you, Ingrid, but then again, I'm not sure exactly how far you are on your writing journey. Hopefully we ROWers can help you along to that finish line.

  4. I'm at the start on the longer lengths. Find shorts easy. I am trying to find my process for the novels. I write crime so plotting is a big thing. I'll keep plodding along 😁

    1. Fair enough. As an avid reader of crime and mystery, I appreciate that sort of diligence and effort. :-D


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